(d) modify your device from its manufacturer's specifications
Not that they would under normal circumstances, but I think that they could argue that a rooted OS is not spec.
Last week one of my students came into my office freaking out. She had just dropped her phone in the toilet and just out of freakout habit she accidently flushed the toilet. Now these toilets are power flushers, but still...I asked what kind of phone and she said it was a droid. I said no way would that big of a phone go through the p-trap. So I found another student who I knew was a plumber and asked him to see if he could snake it out. The guys reaches his hand in there and says there is nothing in there. He had his hand in so far I thoguht he'd get it stuck.
So I called the plumber that installed the toilet. He yanked the toilet off the floor. It was not there. It made it into the main plumbing system so I am thinking GREAT...it's going to plug the sewer system and I am going to have to pay to dig it up. We went out to the sewer lift station and pulled the lid on the dry sump and there was the Driod...in peices...the grinder pumps chewed it up and spit it out.
Damned thing still booted up. No...I'm kidding. LOL
So the student said she was going to try and take it in for warranty to see what happens. I have not seen her since so I don't know what happened. LOL
I do know she did not get arrested though. So there's proof that tcrews knows what he is talking about.
Nice anaolgy though.
Question of legality with tethering? No there isn't. Show me where Verizon says it is "illegal" to tether your phone. If tethering was "illegal", would not the makers of apps like PDAnet and barnacle also be guilty of aiding and abetting a criminal act?Yep .... but they probably could pull something since you have altered the phone out of warranty. There is a question of legality with tethering since we aren't paying for it though.
Now show me where you might be in violation of a contract with Verizon for tethering. If it is in violation of your contract with Verizon then they might have a civil cause of action against you for that, but again it is not illegal.
As to the "aren't paying for it" argument, (opinion begins here) compare that to stealing cable. The latter is illegal because you aren't paying for it. By contrast, I PAY a monthly fee for an unlimited data plan. Whether I send the data I receive on my phone, from that data plan, to my eyes, ears, or laptop is 100% my business and not the carrier's. The language in the contract may differ but, as someone else on here has said, Verizon wants my money and unless I'm running a server on my tethered phone I'm guessing it's quite alright. They already disallow simultaneous voice and data (something AT&T allows; perhaps that's why their network isn't all that great) so my money says they've got the tethering issue under control on their end. And if I do get an extra fine for tethering, I will happily pay it, turn in the phone, and move to another carrier.
On the other hand, if you somehow did not have a data plan and were able to tether your phone w/o being charged, that's a different story.
Agreed. Although, I use the tethering anytime I need it. Today the cable internet was out so I used barnacle as a wifi router for two PCs. While I don't think I should have to pay anything extra for tethering if I've got a data plan, it still isn't really feasible to use your phone for hours on end tethered, unless no one ever calls you!I am referring to legality according to the contract you sign .... not as in against the law sorry for the confusion. Yes it is unfortunate that you have to pay extra even though you have an unlimited plan but I have a feeling it is due to the amount of data a computer can use vs what your phone can use. They will not come after you for going to a couple websites though ... they go after the people using mass amounts of data. It will cost them way more to go after a small fish than letting it slide and keeping your business.